CLEVELAND -- Rangers outfielder Jared Hoying spent the offseason working as an electrician in his hometown of Fort Loramie, Ohio. Apparently when you've been in professional baseball for six years, including three straight at Triple-A, and are still not on the 40-man roster, it's prudent to start considering another line
CLEVELAND -- Rangers outfielder Jared Hoying spent the offseason working as an electrician in his hometown of Fort Loramie, Ohio. Apparently when you've been in professional baseball for six years, including three straight at Triple-A, and are still not on the 40-man roster, it's prudent to start considering another line of work.
Hoying was still planning to go to Spring Training, but right before his departure, his father Bill had a heart attack.
"It was pretty severe," said Hoying, who started in left field and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Rangers' 7-3 win over the Indians on Tuesday.
All of that can weigh heavily on somebody's mind, but four months later everything is great. Bill Hoying has recovered from his heart attack and is enjoying watching his son fulfill his dream.
Fort Loramie is three hours to the southwest near the Indiana border -- closer to Dayton than Cleveland -- but Hoying still has a large cheering section on hand for the three-game series at Progressive Field.
"It's been a wild ride," Hoying said. "Life experience puts things in perspective. My goal going into Spring Training was just to enjoy it, not worry about things, just smile, have fun and be around my teammates."
That seemed to work. Hoying wasn't even in big league camp, but he got off to a great start at Triple-A Round Rock. He was hitting .319 with seven home runs, 32 RBIs and a .550 slugging percentage in 41 games. He finally got the call on May 23 when he was brought up from Round Rock when Shin-Soo Choo went on the disabled list.
"It has been great ... everything I dreamed of," Hoying said. "I'm just learning from these guys and taking it all in, doing my job and whatever they ask me to do. Everybody here is so laid back and just trying to win. Winning is the only thing on their minds.
"In the Minor Leagues, you're trying to improve and get up here. Up here, nothing else matters except winning."
Wilson getting extra rest
On Saturday night, manager Jeff Banister said Bobby Wilson had earned the majority of the playing time at catcher. That was the last time Wilson started a game.
Bryan Holaday started on Tuesday for the third straight game. Banister said he wanted to give Wilson extra time off after he had started 15 of 22 games.
"Neither one of these guys have been an everyday player," Banister said. "We want to monitor how they are feeling and where they are at."
• Prince Fielder entered Tuesday's game hitting .198, but he did have an RBI for every 6.93 at-bats. That placed him 37th out of 91 qualifying hitters and its' why Banister is still comfortable leaving Fielder in the top half of the batting order.
Said Banister, "He's still well above the Major League average even though his batting average may not be where it's going to be. There is a look, a presence, you know there are certain hitters in your lineup that command respect and poses challenges for pitchers."
• Banister said the Rangers have considered all of their options concerning infielder Jurickson Profar and what may happen when Rougned Odor, currently serving a seven-game suspension, returns on Saturday. Banister said one possibility is Profar staying with the Rangers as a backup infielder and going with seven relievers in the bullpen.
• Pitcher Shawn Tolleson, who is on family emergency medical leave, threw 30 pitches of live batting practice on Tuesday at Double-A Frisco against Minor League hitters.
• Catcher Robinson Chirinos was slated to begin a rehab assignment with Frisco on Tuesday, but the game with the Tulsa Drillers was rained out. A doubleheader is scheduled for Wednesday. The plan is for Chirinos to catch five innings in Game 1 and be used as the designated hitter in Game 2.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.